Saturday, 27 June 2015

Fair & Lovely BB Cream Blogger's Meet


Fair & Lovely BB Cream Blogger's Meet

   Last month the pretty people from Fair & Lovely had organized a bloggers meet for a few ladies and I was one of the lucky ones who got to attend it. It was an extravagant affair lasting a couple of hours held at The Novotel facing the very famous Juhu beach.
   The event started with our emcee Freisha welcoming us all wholeheartedly and toasting the day that lied ahead of us with a round of sangria. Next came in Mr. Dushyanth Jayanty, Marketing Manager of Fair & Lovely at Hindustan Unilever Limited who introduced the new Fair & Lovely BB Cream to us with a small and compact speech. We were then paired into groups of two by a simple chit system and made to introduce each other by telling three unusual/quirky things about each other which served it's purpose of breaking the ice between all us girls.

Fair & Lovely BB Cream Blogger's Meet

   What followed next was a day full of fun and innovative games which were given a twist to appeal to the fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers in us. We gathered around in a big circle and played a glamorous version of passing the parcel with two rounds of "Passing the Tiara" followed by a few memory games. The first one had us naming things related to fashion and beauty from A till Z in sequential order until others got stuck while the other had us making a crazy story by adding a sentence each to the story. Then we had games which we played in groups of four. Each team had to pick up a name for themselves - We chose the name "Lovely Ladies" for ours. One with crossword puzzles where the team fastest to find the beauty related words won. The next where we were shown a basket full of beauty essentials for just ten seconds and had to jot the most number of things that we remembered the fastest to win. The third was named "What's in your Bag" where points were assigned according to stuff we carried with us that day which my team won that too all because of safety pins that one of my teammates had coincidentally bought on her way to the meet earlier that day! The last game of the day was the most intense of them all where we were supposed to jot down brand names for bags, shoes, cosmetics and perfumes much like the name, place, animal and thing we used to play in our school days. What made these games all the more fun was the fact that winners for each one of these were gratified with Shoppers Stop vouchers, delicious and tempting chocolates and more.

Fair & Lovely BB Cream Blogger's Meet

   In order to keep up our energy levels throughout the event, we were kept well fed right from the moment we entered the venue. Starting from sandwiches and our choice of beverage from amongst tea/coffee for a light breakfast to the lavish lunch with dozens of options including a very tasty hot and sour soup, a few varieties of salads for the health conscious, to the lasagna, noodles and more for the foodies and pav bhaji, anda bhurjis and dahi bhallas for the typical Mumbai-style food lovers in us. And don't even get me started on the desserts - Portions of chocolate brownie, a delicious pie, a cheesecake and a unique combination of gulab jamun and gajjar ka halwa to give us a sugar rush! The repeat glasses of sangria to keep the merriment continuing didn't hurt either.
   In between all this fun and festivities, each of us bloggers were taken into a room, one at a time, where we were introduced to the new Fair & Lovely BB Cream via their skin experts followed by a screening of a short promotional video. We got to try out the BB Cream firsthand and see the difference it made in seconds to the appearance of our skin. Also, this was followed by a fun styling segment where we got to dress ourselves in clothing accompaniments and accessories. Our interactive session ended with us having to pick up a chit which decided the look that we had to create in our blog posts incorporating the Fair & Lovely BB Cream. My chit had "First day at work" written across it, so I ended up creating a look of the aforementioned theme along with a detailed review of the Fair & Lovely BB Cream which you can find here.
   To add to all the fun, we had a desk with quirky props like feather boas, huge sunglasses, masks, pretty hats, mustache and lip cutouts set up against a background of a Fair & Lovely BB Cream board at a corner of the room where we got to pose and get clicked. We girls ended up getting clicked a bazillion times, after all which girl doesn't love to get photographed. We got copies of the pictures at the end of the event to cherish and reminisce of the memories and friendships we made at the event.

Fair & Lovely BB Cream Blogger's Meet

   The event ended in a novel way with a pageant of sorts where each of the blogger got awarded with a title to fit her personality or looks the best and the Fair & Lovely beauty experts placing beautiful tiaras on our heads and giving us a bag full of goodies. We toasted to what turned out to be a beautiful day before saying our goodbyes to each other and to our gracious hosts but not before clicking one last selfie.

Fair & Lovely BB Cream Blogger's Meet

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Product Review - Maybelline The Colossal Liner


Product Review - Maybelline The Colossal Liner

   Maybelline launched their Rebel Bouquet collection early this year amongst which The Colossal Liner was the first product to hit the markets. The Colossal Liner is fourth in line in their much loved Colossal range of products. Reviewing the same in detail here with emphasis on product claims, its price and shelf life, volume provided, pros and cons, product pictures, swatches and more.

Product Review - Maybelline The Colossal Liner

   Product Claims: Enjoy eye-catching intensity and flawless precision with the Maybelline New York Colossal Liner. Designed to end all your application woes, the Maybelline New York Colossal Liner features a 0.4 mm Flexi Tip applicator that gives you perfect, error-free lines. Empowered with the Ink Pigment Technology, this Colossal Eyeliner imparts fade-proof, intense color to your eyes. Its quick-dry formula ensures a 12-hour staying power and quick application. Add this kajal eyeliner to your vanity kit and enjoy stunningly defined eyes, everyday!

   Price: Rs. 425/-
   Volume: 1.2 g.
   Shelf  Life: 24 months.

Product Review - Maybelline The Colossal Liner

   On first look the Maybelline The Colossal Liner looks more or less like a marker with a black cylindrical body and a sturdy well fitted cap with the name of the product etched in yellow. It is sleek, compact, travel friendly, elegant and attractive to look at. It is provided with a flexible applicator with a thin pointed tip which makes applying the eyeliner in thin precise lines easy.
   The eyeliner pigment in jet black in color and glides easily on the lids without tugging onto the skin. It dries quickly to provide a glossy finish, is fade proof and stays on eyelids for the claimed 12 hours easily without chipping or flaking away. It's major downside for me is that it transfers onto opposing surfaces and smudges even with a light touch soon after the skin becomes oily so the liner can't be applied in thick lines or used by those who fidget with their eyes a lot. Not the best liner to be used in monsoon as it is not water resistant and gets washed off even with splashes of water. That being said it is good for daily use as it can be removed easily and does not irritate the eyes. Another concern is that the liner might dry right up if by chance the lid is kept open for long.
   Though it is easily available across both online and offline platforms much like other Maybelline products, it is a bit too costly when compared to other liners which may sting the pockets of buyers.

Product Review - Maybelline The Colossal Liner

   Pros:
- Sleek, travel friendly and attractive packaging.
- The pointed tip helps in drawing precise thin lines. 
- Glides easily on the eyes.
- The soft felt lined tip does not tug on the eyelids.
- Jet black pigmentation. 
- Quick dry formula.
- Gives a subtle glossy finish.
- The eyeliner stays in place for hours on end.
- Fade proof.
- Does not flake or chip away.
- Can be removed easily. 
- Does not irritate the eyes.
- Easily available.

   Cons:
- Transfers after a few hours of application.
- Not totally smudge proof.
- Isn't water resistant.
- Leaving the cap open might dry the liner right away.
- A bit pricey compared to other eye liners.
- No mention of list of ingredients.

Product Review - Maybelline The Colossal Liner

   Verdict: 4/5. Though not without a few cons, The Colossal Liner is sure to become a part of your daily makeup routine due to its ease of use with quick precise strokes of jet black liner to give you eyes that mesmerize.
 
Product Review - Maybelline The Colossal Liner

Monday, 22 June 2015

The Nature’s Co.: Monsoon Updates – Father's Day exclusive, BeautyWish Box Released and more.

Father's Day Special - FLAT 50% Off

The Nature’s Co.: Monsoon Updates – Father's Day exclusive, BeautyWish Box Released and more.

   "Some people don't believe in Heroes... they indubitably haven't met my Dad ! "
    I'm sure this is definitely what we all want to shout out for our real life super heroes, who have worked so hard majority of their life to give us all the happiness we have ever wanted and surprised us with more - Our Fathers. Let's make the most of this International Father's Day by gifting him the much needed exquisite pampering with the luxury of indulgence from The Nature's Co.
   Brightening up this occasion of showing your unconditional love to your No #1 Daddy, The Nature's Co. bestows a FLAT 50% off across all Men's Range on the 20th and 21st June 2015. Dazzle your Dad with grooming essentials which come with a twist of pure natural & vegan ingredients of watermint, spirulina and marine mud which have been meticulously sourced and recreated in convenient, modern forms that are practical, hassle free and innovative. These soothing masculine scented products specially made to calm down the roughness and toughness of men skin come in different variants of an everyday facewash to moisturizing cream and a shaving foaming gel to after shave balm.
   Simply the best deals even for those last minute surprises your planning for your dad exclusively at www.thenaturesco.com/Subcategory/Mens.aspx to make Daddy's Day!
   So don't wait and wow your dad to treat him to the best he deserves!

Now Released - July's "It's raining beaut!" The Nature's Co. BeautyWish Box

The Nature’s Co.: Monsoon Updates – Father's Day exclusive, BeautyWish Box Released and more.

   With the monsoon blues hitting you very often, you might want to be dwelling in the seasonal changes that keep you rejuvenated every now and then. It’s okay if you forget to take care of your health and body for quite some time. But you dare to forget the whole season? The answer is a perfect NO, as you know you need to take extra care of your skin, hair and health.  As you can find noticeable changes in weather, taking formidable steps would decrease your efforts as the season continues - and this is where The Nature's Co. steps in to help you!
   Now as the monsoons are in full swing, it is crucial to alter your beauty care regime. We share a complete guide on how to take care of your skin, hair, hands and feet with this July special "It's raining beaut!" Beauty Wish Box. With the changing weather, you also have to change your skin care routine. The damp and humid weather takes a toll on your skin — no matter what your skin type is. Pollution, dirt, grime and the harmful UV rays of the sun are the main reasons why your skin is prone to damage during the rainy season. It is these six* natural beauty products articulately shortlisted by TNC Experts which will replace your skin care regime this season to make you glow midst the dark gloomy clouds. This special care is offered at a cost of Rs. 595/- only with complimentary goodies, comes in an attractive reusable packaging and with the convenience of cash on delivery option once you order.
   Our experts share “It is extremely important to take care of your skin during the rains. Even though the temperature is cooler, a whole new set of problems —greasy skin, flaky itching skin and acne are common at this time.” So banish all your wet season woes and subscribe now for the July Box at http://bit.ly/1t243wj. 
   *Six products include One Full Size Product and Five Deluxe Sample Sized Products.

The Nature's Co. - Monsoon Carnival with "Buy More and Get More"

The Nature’s Co.: Monsoon Updates – Father's Day exclusive, BeautyWish Box Released and more.

   Yes it is finally raining and pouring! And so are the discounts at The Nature's Co. as they announce their Monsoon Carnival with a whooping "Buy More Get More" offer. This irresistible deal provides all you beauty addicts to indulge in your favorite monsoon beauty must-haves with a straight Rs. 200 slash on purchase of Rs. 1000, Rs. 500 off on products worth Rs. 2000 and Rs. 900 flat discount on purchase of products worth Rs. 3000 and above. Now not only was your summer vacation time, but also these monsoons make a good time for all you beautiful people to buckle up and set out on a shopping spree with your exhaustive beauty shopping lists without actually needing to face the cons of this weather outside! This offer is exclusively available for The Nature's Co. Online Shoppers by simply clicking on www.thenaturesco.com, all through out this season.
   And this is not just it, it gets better as you can avail free shipping of your orders of Rs. 2000 and above. Truly unbelievable as you save more while you spend more instead of burning a hole in your pockets. So as The Nature's Co. has rightly added the silver lining to this season's grey clouds - Make most of it and shop till you drop before it's too late!

Limited Edition Launch: Bold & Stylish Travel Kit

The Nature’s Co.: Monsoon Updates – Father's Day exclusive, BeautyWish Box Released and more.

   For all those on the move or feeding their wander lust - a splendid must-have of your beauty essentials while you travel. All this in a light weighted, compact, trendy and chic pouch - to also keep you in vogue.
   Yes, you heard that right! The Nature's Co. launches their Limited Edition range of Bold & Stylish Travel Kit which comes as an ensemble of everything you need to take care of your skin, hair and body all naturally while your in transit. Not only that, TNC experts include the below seven products in a sassy and sleek travel friendly pouch, all this priced at Rs. 695 only:
- Watercress Shampoo (35ml)
- Watercress Conditioner (35ml)
- Lavender Lotion (35ml)
- Lemongrass Body Wash (35ml)
- Lemongrass or Patchouli Soap (35gms)
- Cinnamon Bath Salt (75gms)
- Afro Wooden Comb

   Check what TNC's Founder and Beauty Expert has to say, "Traveling often means changing climates, temperatures or sitting inside a train/car/airplane that has limited air circulation. Hence, it is all the more key to take good care of oneself with a few handy products. Keeping the needs and requirements for a healthy, glowing skin whilst traveling, we have introduced a unique kit that contains the essentials for all travelers. The kit is compact, stylishly designed & can easily be put into your hand bag." This kit can be ordered by getting in touch with The Nature's Co. on their website here.
   So here ladies, be fashionably beauty equipped while you travel care-free!

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   Customer Care: 022 - 24226528
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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Product Review - Maybelline Electro Pop Baby Lips Colored Lip Balm - Oh! Orange! & Pink Shock


Product Review - Maybelline Electro Pop Baby Lips Colored Lip Balm - Oh! Orange! & Pink Shock

Product Review - Maybelline Electro Pop Baby Lips Colored Lip Balm - Oh! Orange! & Pink Shock

   Maybelline launched a new range of bright, vibrant neon lip balms the - Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop Lip Balms, a collection of 4 electric lip balms – Fierce N Tangy, Berry Bomb, Oh! Orange! and Pink Shock which they claim moisturize lips while giving them a chic neon kick! Reviewing these beauties in Oh! Orange! and Pink Shock today to check how they fare.

Product Review - Maybelline Electro Pop Baby Lips Colored Lip Balm - Oh! Orange! & Pink Shock

   Product Claims: Enriched with Maybelline New York’s exclusive Botanical Cell Repair Concentrate and a blend of effective ingredients like honey, shea butter and collagen, these flavored lip balms hydrate and soften lips and keep them smooth for up to 8 hours. Smear on these eye-catching, glossy, neon lips balms and create your own Neon & Electro Style Statement!
   Why you’ll love it:
- Has bright color pigments for an electric color effect.
- Comes in Strawberry, Lemon, Orange and Watermelon flavors.
- Enriched with an exclusive lip-renew formula, vitamins & moisturizing ingredients.
- Visibly renews lips to make them plump, soft and smooth.

Product Review - Maybelline Electro Pop Baby Lips Colored Lip Balm - Oh! Orange! & Pink Shock

   Price: Fierce N Tangy - Rs. 135/-
                Berry Bomb, Oh Orange, Pink Shock - Rs. 165/-
   Volume: 3.5 g
   Shelf Life: 36 months.
   Directions: Apply to lips as needed. Can be used under or in place of lipstick or lip-gloss.

Product Review - Maybelline Electro Pop Baby Lips Colored Lip Balm - Oh! Orange! & Pink Shock

Product Review - Maybelline Electro Pop Baby Lips Colored Lip Balm - Oh! Orange! & Pink Shock

   Maybelline Electro Lip Balms come sealed in a cardboard packing similar to their original formula in same shape and size with detailed information about the product printed on it. The lip balm comes in a sturdy, retractable cylindrical bullet container with a black body and a long transparent cap. It is very attractive to look at and is travel friendly!
   Each of the 4 variants released in India has a different shade of color, a pleasant scent and a slight flavor in accordance to its name. The lip balms feel very smooth on application and glide like butter on lips. A single swipe is more than enough to provide hydration to the lips and gives a glossy finish to them. The variant Oh! Orange! gives a subtle peachy tint to the lips. Pink Shock is the most pigmented of all the variants and a single swipe gives rosy pink lips, its multiple swipes gives color as dark as a lip gloss would. A single swipe of the lip balm moisturizes the lips making them feel softer and more supple and prevents them from chapping or flaking. It feels light on the lips and gives a nice glossy finish. It protects the lips for around 3-4 hours after which reapplication is required. A nice tint of color is left on the lips even after the gloss gets wiped off. On the downside, this formula does not contain SPF unlike the original Baby Lips formula.
   Also, these are easily available and cost effective much like most other Maybelline products.
 
Product Review - Maybelline Electro Pop Baby Lips Colored Lip Balm - Oh! Orange! & Pink Shock

Product Review - Maybelline Electro Pop Baby Lips Colored Lip Balm - Oh! Orange! & Pink Shock

   Pros:
- Packaged as sturdy, pretty and quirky looking chap sticks which are very travel friendly.
- Available in 4 pleasantly scented varieties.
- Smooth in texture which glides easily on lips.
- The range consists of 4 variants released in India having mild to heavily pigmented shades.
- Single swipe gives desired protection against drying of lips.
- Feels light on the lips.
- Has a subtle glossy finish.
- Makes lips softer and more supple.
- Prevents lips from chapping and flaking.
- Leaves a pretty tint of color on lips which stays on for quite some time.
- Lesser hygiene issues as these come in a retractable container rather than a pot.
- Optimally priced.
- Ease of availability.

   Cons:
- Does not stay for very long on my lips. Needs reapplication after every 3-4 hours.
- Does not contain SPF unlike their original formula.
 
Product Review - Maybelline Electro Pop Baby Lips Colored Lip Balm - Oh! Orange! & Pink ShockProduct Review - Maybelline Electro Pop Baby Lips Colored Lip Balm - Oh! Orange! & Pink Shock

   Verdict: 4.25/5. Another product from Maybelline which hits the jackpot for me. Perfect companion for daily use to protect as well as give a healthy tint to my lips.
 

Monday, 1 June 2015

Product Review - Garnier Pure Active Neem + Tulsi High Foaming Face Wash


Product Review - Garnier Pure Active Neem + Tulsi High Foaming Face Wash

   Garnier is launching a new product in their PureActive range, the Garnier Pure Active Neem + Tulsi High Foaming Face Wash, and I along with a handful of other bloggers got to use it well in advance before it gets available in the market. Sharing a detailed review of the same below. Let's see how it fares.

   Product Information:
- Product contains the goodness of 2 natural ingredients - Neem and Tulsi.
- High Foaming Face Wash that fights Oil and Removes  99.9% Pimple Germs.
- Gentle formula for daily use.
- Available in an unique bottle format with a Flip Top cap.

Product Review - Garnier Pure Active Neem + Tulsi High Foaming Face Wash

   Price: Rs. 105/-
   Volume: 100 g.
   Shelf Life: 36 months.
   Directions for use: Gently massage on damp face using your fingertips carefully avoiding the eye contour area. Rinse thoroughly.
   Ingredients:
Product Review - Garnier Pure Active Neem + Tulsi High Foaming Face Wash

      Also available in a 50 g pack for Rs. 60/-

Product Review - Garnier Pure Active Neem + Tulsi High Foaming Face Wash

   The Garnier Pure Active Neem + Tulsi High Foaming Face Wash comes in a see through, tall and thin bottle and is provided with a green colored sturdy flip cap. It is leak proof and very travel friendly. It is provided with all the important information about the product printed on the front and the back labels. It's back label can be peeled from the side to reveal the usage instructions and ingredients.
   The face wash is light green in color and is a bit on the runnier side in consistency. It has a pleasant scent to it which somehow reminds me that of Dettol. A tiny drop of the product is enough to produce enormous amount of lather to cleanse the face well and get rid of dirt, oil and traces of light makeup, all while providing a nice cooling sensation. The face wash does not leave a creamy residue and is easy to rinse off. Though it does not strip the skin of it's natural moisture, it is not hydrating enough to be used without supplementation of a moisturizer and may cause dryness/flakiness, especially for those with combination to dry skin types. That being said, it does the job of keeping my skin from getting oily for hours on end and has reduced the number and severity of acne breakouts since I've started using this product.
   A great price for money and easy availability across the nation is a big plus!
 
Product Review - Garnier Pure Active Neem + Tulsi High Foaming Face Wash

   Pros:
- Available in a slender, sleek and travel friendly see through bottle with a sturdy flip cap.
- Has a mild, pleasant fragrance.
- A really small amount is enough to cleanse the face.
- Exuberantly foaming formula.
- Provides a subtle cooling sensation on application.
- Cleanses the face off dirt, grime and light makeup well.
- Easy to rinse off.
- Does not form a creamy layer on the skin.
- Does not strip skin of its natural moisture.
- Keeps face oil free for hours on end.
- Reduces acne breakouts.
- Easily available across the country.
- Optimally priced.

   Cons:
- Thinner in consistency than what I usually prefer.
- People with combination to dry skin type might experience dryness or flakiness and will have to supplement the face wash's usage with that of a moisturizer.

Product Review - Garnier Pure Active Neem + Tulsi High Foaming Face Wash

   Verdict: 4.25/5. A great budget buy to cleanse the skin and keep it oil free for hours, especially suited for people with oily to combination skin type.

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